Black Russian Terrier
Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails. – Max Eastman
Developed in Russia during the 1930s, the Black Russian Terrier was a creation of the military and intended for use as part of the nation’s security force.
Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers, Airedales and Newfoundlands were bred to create a large, powerful dog that would be useful and reliable in a variety of situations.
By 1956 the Black Russian Terrier was born. Today, the Black Russian Terrier is a popular choice for professional guard work in his native country.
Photos displayed courtesy of Lana Lochan, Iz Teremka, Ontario
The Black Russian Terrier stands no more than 28 1/2 inches at the shoulder. He has a thick, wiry, weather-resistant top coat over a dense undercoat capable of protecting him from the harshest Russian winters. His coat is black or ashen in colour, non-shedding, and hypo-allergenic. A moustache, beard, and overhanging eyebrows complete the picture.
The Black Russian Terrier is a self-assured, calm, and confident dog who maintains a dignified reserve with strangers. Although not aggressive, he is an assertive animal who is highly intelligent and may not be the best choice for an inexperienced dog owner. He is a large, energetic, powerful dog capable of almost legendary endurance. Early training and socialization are critical. The Black Russian Terrier accepts training well. He should be stable, extremely reliable, of good temperament and well-balanced.
A natural guardian and protector, the Black Russian Terrier is a strong, agile, muscular dog. He is very protective of his family. Lively, alert, and fearless, he is capable of being trained for a variety of tasks, and requires regular exercise to keep fit.